When we last left Sheldon Cooper, he was finally relieved of a secret that ended up involving MeeMaw, George Sr, and Gorgie. This week in “A Research Study and Czechoslovakian Wedding Pastries”, we dive into the Sheldon and Missy’s similarities and differences. The episode opens with Adult Sheldon discussing how much better of a twin he was when they were younger, but how he really does admire some qualities Missy has. His favorite being her spider killing ability.
Dr. Stergis comes over to the Cooper house with MeeMaw to discuss putting Sheldon and Missy in a twin study that his colleagues are running at the University in Houston. George Sr is adamant about saying no since he doesn’t want the children harmed in any way. When the Doctor assures him that they only have to answer questions and do puzzles, George Sr. still isn’t convinced. It isn’t until Dr. Stergis drops the fact that it’s paid per hour and gas is reimbursed that George Sr. is on board. He then manages to get Sheldon’s mother on board. After convincing her that the money will go to the kid’s college funds, they next have to convince Missy. After all, Sheldon is super excited to learn he will be in a research study. Missy is eventually bribed to go after demanding an Oreo Blizzard Milkshake. That’s my kind of girl!
When they arrive at the University, the scientists want to speak to the parents. It’s clear that Mary is trying to make them seem as normal as possible. As MeeMaw says “They are scientists. You can’t trick them.” Sheldon is a genius with tantrums and Missy is happy go lucky until she bites you for touching her food. Every kid has their quirks. As the testing begins, fans can clearly see that Missy and Sheldon are polar opposites. Sheldon is completely enjoying this research study and is getting along with his tester. Missy, on the other hand, is taking her sweet time doing the study. She asks the tester to move the camera to her good side. She compliments the tester and gives fashion advice. She even goes so far as to tell her tester that Sheldon’s tester has a crush on her. Neither kids know this but the adults can see both kids the entire time. When the study ends, we see everyone happy including Missy’s tester who has taken some of her advice. As the kid’s exit, the audience is shown that Missy was indeed correct about the testers.
The family returns home from the study to find Georgie watching Soul Train which confuses Sheldon to no end. Meanwhile, Mary and George Sr talk in the backyard about the study and its effects on Sheldon. He can’t stop talking about how smart he is. Mary doesn’t want to continue even after George Sr tells her they made $300 cash, but ultimately they return the following week. This week’s test is talking about what’s happening in a picture the tester is holding. Within minutes it’s clear they have found Sheldon’s kryptonite. Sheldon points out everything wrong about the photo, while Missy tells a story. He eventually gets really frustrated with the tester and screams “Poppycock” when he is told there are multiple types of intelligence! Meanwhile, Missy is told she is extremely perceptive and see things people miss. I loved her reply “My name is Missy. Go figure.” She goes on to explain that it must be because she’s “on her own”. She elaborates further that Georgie and George Sr have football, and Mary and MeeMaw tend over Sheldon. So she is usually left to fend for herself. When the camera goes back to the adults, you can tell this hurts Mary to the core. So on the way home, Missy is allowed to choose where she wants to eat for dinner much to George Sr and Sheldon’s dismay. When Sheldon starts to protest, Mary lets him have the saying that all children with siblings have heard at least a dozen times, “It’s not all about you in this house.” Missy is surprised and happy. Her choice? Red Lobster! The episode ends with Missy confronting George Sr about getting her fair share of the study money. When she is asked what’s half of $7.50, of course, she runs to find Sheldon.
I thought this was another great episode of Young Sheldon. It was really awesome to see this side of Missy and how they emphasized more on her this episode. We all know Sheldon loves research studies so the episode would have been really boring just concentrating on him. His outburst against the test Missy succeded in it only helped show how intelligent she really is. By focusing on Missy, it is really widening this series and making you care about everyone in the Cooper family. I hope the creators continue to showcase each of the Cooper kids. It’s helping understand how we got the Adult Sheldon Cooper that we love on The Big Bang Theory. What was your favorite part of this episode? Let me know in the comments! Make sure you keep your eyes out on The Game of Nerds for all our Young Sheldon coverage.